1. Go at your own pace in this 32-week online class
2. Artistic guidance & pointers from the instructor
3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
4. Class is in production. Start learning after July 9
5. Optional"Class Kit" purchasable before launch
Sculpt, Mold and Cast Your Own Custom Clay Figures to Make Replications
By. Neal Deschain
Buy One, Get One
We are offering this chance only to the first 100 classmates. Enjoy the promotion before it’s too late.
1. Go at your own pace in this 32-week online class
Learn how to sculpt, mold and cast your own custom figures
Create a reusable mold for multiple reproductions
Bring any creation you can imagine to life
Are you a fan of designer toys? A fellow crafter looking for an efficient way to reproduce sculpted items? Or maybe you just have a few brilliant ideas you want to bring to life?
Jump into the world of figure and toy making with this exhaustive course on sculpting, molding, and casting your own line of small sculptures.
This course will walk you through every step I use to make custom figures. It is perfect for absolute beginners and intermediate crafters who want to learn how to make reproductions all on their own.
I will show my entire process of figure making from concept to finished product.
There will be an optional "Class Kit" package containing the materials needed when the course launches.
You will have the option of getting an all-in-one package delivered to you in the mail with everything you need to follow along from home.
You won't have to do any shopping or worry about ending up with the wrong materials. Everything you need to get started is here.
Step 1: Conceptualizing and Sculpting
We will go through my process of making a figure from scratch. I will teach you about size constraints and how to make the best design choices for the molding and casting later on. Then we will sculpt a basic figure together as I point out them main sculpting techniques I use.
Step 2: Making Your First Mold
Next we will construct a simple mold box around the figure and pour liquid silicone into the box to create the mold. I will show you how to create good seam lines and mold cutting techniques. You will learn how to safely work with liquid silicone and to carefully remove your original figure.
Step 3: Casting to Create Replications
Using this mold we will be able to start creating duplicates of the original sculpture. I will go over tips like how to reduce air bubbles and what to look for to make sure that each batch comes out looking like the original.
Step 4: Cleaning Up for Painting
I will show you how to sand down the seam lines of the duplicates and my method of filling in gaps or taking care of any leftover air bubbles. We will finish up your sculpture by primering it to smooth out the surface and get it ready for painting.
Welcome to the course
1. Meet Your Instructor: Neal Deschain
2. Introduction to the course
3. The tools we will use: opening the Class Kit
Chapter 1: Sculpting Custom Figures
1. How I start a new project
2. Conceptualizing the figure you want to make
3. Size constraints and design choices for better molding and casting
4. Sculpting techniques to make molding and casting easier
Chapter 2: Molding and Casting a Reproduction
1. Overview of the major steps in mold-making
2. Key considerations when molding and casting
3. How to ensure multiple successful reproductions
Chapter 3: Starting a Figure
1. Working with Monster Clay
2. Sculpting techniques to make molding/casting easier
3. Smoothing your figure
Mission: Follow along with the figure I make and upload it for feedback
Chapter 4: Making a Mold
1. Making a mold box around a figure
2. Pouring liquid silicone to make the mold
3. Points to consider to help the mold cure
4. Carefully removing your original figure
Mission: Make a mold box, do a pour and upload the result to get pointers
Chapter 5: Casting to Create Replications
1. Using liquid urethane resin to finish the mold
2. How to safely mix and pour
3. Tips like how to reduce air bubbles
Mission: Try your first cast, remove the duplicate and upload the finished results for comments on how to best clean it up
Chapter 6: Cleaning Up for Painting
1. How to sand down seam lines
2. My method to fill gaps and remove air bubbles
3. Primering to smooth out the surface for painting
Chapter 7: Creating a Figure from Scratch
1. Sculpting a custom figure from beginning to end
2. Making a mold box with step by step
3. Casting & carefully removing the duplicate
4. Cleaning and preparing for painting
Bonus: The Next Step - Painting!
1. Brushes and acrylic paints I use to color my figures
2. Basic painting techniques and color theory
3. Tips on how to simplify paint work for future duplicates
Figure Sculptor, Neal Deschain
My name is Neal of Verdant Sculpts. I have been sculpting for nearly two decades and have been molding and casting my own figures for almost just as long.
I create full time out of my home studio in Orlando, Florida. Here, I spend my days sculpting my own original fantasy creatures called "The Arbori". I maintain a line of figures, creating my own molds and casts in small batches, and painting everything by hand.
I started sculpting when drawing and 2D art began to bore me. I found myself becoming frustrated that you can only view one angle of a subject in a two dimensional work of art. I sculpted my first dragon in late 2001 and it took off from there.
When I began selling my work, I realized that not everyone could afford original pieces. That is when I learned about the world of molding and casting and began incorporating it into my workflow. I now have a good balance of original works as well as cast figures that I sell to my audience.
I began teaching unexpectedly in 2006. I never thought I would make a good teacher but I took to it very quickly. It is now one of my greatest joys in life to share with others what I have learned myself.
Option 1: Basic Sculpting Kit = $98.99
1. Monster Clay (Brown, Medium Grade)
2. Monster Clay Precision Stainless Steel Sculpting Set
Option 2: Basic Casting Kit = $149.99
1. Pourable Silicone Starter Kit
2. Hot Glue Gun
3. 10 Hot Glue Sticks
4. 10 Smooth On Mixing Cups
5. X-acto Knife
6. Masking Tape
Option 3: All-in-one Package = $214.99
Basic Sculpting Kit + Basic Casting Kit
* Prices include a one-time shipping fee (including international)
* Class kits are made available so you don't have to shop or order from each individual retailer
- Anyone looking for something new and creative to do with their time
- People who want to try making their own custom toys and figures
- Hobbyists, fine artists, crafters, designers - creative people of all walks!
- Sculptors who want to start making or even selling replications of their work
- For beginner and experienced sculptors alike - you don’t have to be knowledgeable on the subject of sculpting, molding, or casting to follow along and have successful results in this course and beyond.
Duration of the Course
You will have unlimited access to the class content for 32 weeks. Within that period, you can play the videos on as many devices as you want.
Early Bird Offer
Once the course is live, it will no longer be offered at Early Bird prices. Right now is the best deal you can get.
You will be notified via email regarding how to access the class content on the release date.